Freshly Squeezed have been making the most of some time on the other side of the world, by participating alongside the Fo Guang Shan Gallery in the set-up and co-ordination of this year’s Buddha’s Day Festival in Federation Square, Melbourne. The event came to life on the weekend of 26th and 27th April, with a vibrant multicultural celebration and spectacle of activities celebrating Buddha’s birthday!
The festival was filled with a buzz of activities, market stands and cultural performances for families and children. The main stage was an event in itself, with back to back musical performances including an Indian Extravaganza Dance by the Tatva Dance Company and ‘Vege-licious – the Karma of being Vegetarian’ cooking demonstrations. Throughout the weekend many people paid tribute by offering flowers and planting incense at a beautiful shrine, which was brought to life by hundreds of flickering candles in the evening.
This weekend definitely wasn’t all work and no play, we were encouraged to try our hand (somewhat unsuccessfully!) at unique arts and crafts, including traditional Indonesian Batik. The relaxed and inclusive feel that swept across the festival really ensured it achieved its aim ‘to share joy and happiness within the community and amongst families.’
Overall, this was a great cause, a great event and a really great time!
Cusa Xu, Gallery manager shared some exciting news with us following the event “It was a pleasure to work with Freshly Squeezed, who’s participation at the Buddha’s Day Festival was deeply valued. Based on the weekend’s outstanding performance we are delighted to have received verbal support from both Fo Guang Shan’s Chair Person and The President of Victoria’s Buddhist Association, which will enable us to expand our beautiful deed.”